Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | March 19, 2018 | 23 Comments

One of my greatest faults that shows up too often in our marriage is my firstborn perfectionism. When my husband tells a story but doesn’t get the details right, I barge in to correct him. Well, not publicly. But I file away the errors to sort out with him later. I’ve also found plenty of […]

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We Still Do!

By Barbara Rainey | February 9, 2018 | 4 Comments

We who live in America often repeat the pledge of allegiance to the flag as a way of saying we are all united. Likewise in marriage, it is always helpful to remember and even restate the promises we made on our wedding day. Just as remembering the promises of God helps us regain our focus, […]

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Small stuff, Big stuff, and the Power of Beautiful Belief in Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | February 5, 2018 | 13 Comments

In high school, I discovered watercolor painting. It was love at first sight. I eagerly invested time and supplies to become like seasoned watercolorists whose extraordinary works of art I admired. Though I was passionate about this medium, I soon discovered it wasn’t as easy as it looked at first. Too much or too little water […]

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Remember Your First Love Promises?

By Barbara Rainey | February 2, 2018 | 8 Comments

It was a warm, early summer day when Dennis invited me to go to lunch. We’d known each other as friends for three years in college.  But we hadn’t seen each other in a year since graduation, so we had a lot to catch up on. One lunch wasn’t nearly long enough. So he invited […]

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What To Do When You Want to Quit Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | January 8, 2018 | 32 Comments

Though most every spouse marries with stars in their eyes and expectations that scrape the Milky Way galaxy, there isn’t a spouse on earth, on any continent, in any country, who hasn’t experienced harsh unexpected disappointments. Like piles of heavy wet snow on power lines and branches, accumulated hurts and disillusionment threaten to snap personal […]

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